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The USA is home to several of the world's most exciting cities, some truly mind-blowing landscapes, a strong sense of regionalism, a trenchant mythology, more history than the country gives itself credit for and, arguably, some of the most approachable natives in the world. The US was fashioned from an incredibly disparate population who, with little in common apart from a desire to choose their own paths to wealth or heaven, rallied around the ennobling ideals of the Declaration of Independence to forge the richest, most inventive and most powerful country on earth.

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Antelope Canyon Roadtrip

Mon, 26 Sep 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [33]

WHAT’S ON YOUR TRAVEL “BUCKET LIST?” We have been everywhere from Antartica to Zimbabwe so ours is more of a “been there, done that” list,  filled with tick marks and a few scribbles of final additions in the margins.... Read more >

A Walk in the Park

Sun, 28 Aug 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [37]

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK appeals to all of the senses. The bluest of skies, the smell of the pines on the cool breeze and birdsong mix together while Long’s Peak towers in the distance to over 14,000 feet. Throw in some good friends who just ... Read more >

Hawaiian Island Sampler

Tue, 16 Aug 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [51]

Aloha! As a child I always wished for my mother to take me to where she was born. Strung like a forming bracelet of atolls deep in the Pacific blue, Hawaii sits over a volcanic hotspot in the Earth's surface. Flying to New Zealand with Hawaiian Airlines ... Read more >

Photos: Honolulu

Tue, 16 Aug 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Hawaii's "Big Smoke"
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Photos: Maui

Mon, 15 Aug 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Desert Nostalgia

Sat, 30 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [49]

Phoenix is a huge city! Driving from Glendale to Chandler (northwest to southeast) takes the better part of two hours, so I can only imagine how long it would take to walk or ride my bike all over town, especially in triple-digit heat. Arizona called ... Read more >

Photos: Phoenix

Tue, 26 Jul 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Valley of the Sun
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Right Back Where We Started From

Thu, 7 Jul 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [83]

HERE WE ARE, BACK IN COLORADO, We arrived jet-lagged, dehydrated and not accustomed to the altitude, then found out we both had Covid. Don’t know whether we picked it up on the flight home from Iceland—we were masked all the way for 10-hours—... Read more >

Photos: Colorado and Arizona

Sat, 2 Jul 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery


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If At First You Don't Succeed . . .

Sat, 9 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [85]

SOME WOULD CALL IT INSANITY, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. But sometimes perseverance pays off. You may question the sanity of us birders—even we ourselves admit to a certain amount of quirkiness. After all, ... Read more >

Sabine Woods

Fri, 8 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [77]

SABINE WOODS IS AN IMPORTANT REST STOP on the Texas/Louisiana border for birds migrating to and from Central America, 27 acres of live oaks gnalred by hurricanes. Sabine is privately owned and managed by the Texas Ornithological Society but the trails ... Read more >

Brownsville: Birders and Borders

Sat, 2 Apr 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [94]

THE MORRIS-BROWN HOUSE IN BROWNSVILLE was built in 1909 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Morris-Brown Cottage—where we stayed—is not. Our host Steve, who owns both plus another six apartments in a separate building ... Read more >

Lost in Space

Thu, 24 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [91]

GREG AND LAURA THOUGHT WE MIGHT like to see The Infinite , a virtual reality experience that puts you on the International Space Station. Well, they both worked with NASA on the space program in Houston before they retired so it didn’... Read more >

The Kindness of Strangers

Wed, 23 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [97]

THE ONLY THINGS THAT HONOLULU AND HOUSTON have in common are “h” and “o”—they don't even wear masks in Texas! Yet here we are after ten hours of flying through five time zones with a six-hour layover spent trying to sleep ... Read more >

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Tue, 22 Mar 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery


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